Celebrating 30 years since one of the UK's most legendary - and lied about ("I was there") - gigs, Spike Island - The Resurrection will take place on Saturday 16th May 2020, on Spike Island, Widnes with a line-up to make you feel it's 1990 all over again.
The longest serving and best selling Stone Roses tribute act The Clone Roses will headline the only live event on Spike Island since that legendary gig, with the classic setlist, to the vintage apparel, and the euphoric atmosphere. Joining them is a bill paying homage to the iconic Madchester years, with fellow tribute acts Oas-is, The Smiths Ltd, Happy Mondaze, The James Experience, and True Order.
There's also a number of faces from the Madchester scene with DJ sets from the Inspiral Carpets Clint Boon, and Happy Mondays Bez, plus returns for 1990 performers Andy Barker (808 State), Dave Booth the Hacienda DJ, rapper MC Tunes, with Manchester radio DJ Dave Sweetmore hosting the day.
Speaking about 'Spike Island - The Resurrection', Baggy, bassist for the Clones said: "The prospect of performing on the exact same site as The Stone Roses played their now legendary show is almost unbelievable. Growing up only a few miles from the original site on the Mersey estuary we were all brought up on the tales of that day. I'll admit I was just a little too young to attend on the day but if you believe what folk say around here it appears there was closer to 330,000 rather than 30,000. We hope to give the veterans a nostalgic trip down memory lane as well as a chance for younger Roses fans to experience just some of the magic of that day 30 years ago."
Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Saturday 7th December, priced from £27.50.
Held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1990 on a largely unused, man-made island in the Mersey estuary of Widnes, Cheshire, The Stone Roses at Spike Island is regarded as one of the most famous gigs the UK has ever seen. Taking place at the height of Madchester and located slap bang between the thriving music scenes of Manchester and Liverpool at that time, the event signified a coming together of tribes, the peak of Roses-mania and the moment that would define a generation. Headlined by The Stone Roses shortly after the release of their seminal s/t debut album and at the pinnacle of their powers, the band performed to some 27,000 fans who had descended on the Island from all corners of the country and beyond. Support on the day included sets from a Zimbabwean drum orchestra and reggae artist Gary Clail, plus slots from legendary DJs of the period including Paul Oakenfold, Dave Haslam, MC Tunes, and Frankie Bones. Often cited as “Woodstock for the Baggy generation”, Spike Island is now written into the very mythology of UK music and a prominent footnote in The Stone Roses’ legacy; a feature-film ‘Spike Island’ was even made about it in 2012.
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